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  • #31
    It is an absolute addiction. I read all the books twice before the series was even started. For Christmas, my husband cheerily supported my addiction by giving me the Game of Thrones cookbook. (It's fascinating although I've not tried any of the recipes.)

    Talk about addiction - the book was created by a couple of ladies who were so enthralled with the books (and food porn - their words, not mine) that they devised the book.

    George R.R. Martin was on an episode of "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!" I learned that he doesn't have time to write any more of the books because of the TV series. Bah! I'm much more of a reader than a watcher, but will make do. (He writes some of the episodes - he wrote the last episode of the previous season.)

    I record all the episodes so I can go back and watch them again (and again sometimes.) In re-watching I often pick up things I missed previously.

    It's well written with plots within plots. Probably both a good show and a train wreck.

    ETA: One of the things I learned from the WWDTM program was that George R. R. Martin started out writing books but moved to movies/TV series. Producers kept telling him that the shows/movies he was writing couldn't be done because they couldn't afford the large cast and special effects. So he stopped writing for those programs and returned to books, starting with GOT. Love the irony.

    ETA2: Here's a link to the WWDTM program: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/15/161142...ays-not-my-job if you are interested.
    Last edited by NottaName; 06-06-2014, 03:35 PM.
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    • #32
      Originally posted by brianw76 View Post
      Funny thing is, during my first reading of the books I was so anxious to find out what happened next I speed read through the vast majority of it without picking up on a lot of the details. There were a lot of people I didn't pay as much attention to or those that just got lost in the shuffle because of how much detail was presented overall.

      I am now going through on my second reading and doing it much slower and finding it very much more enjoyable. I don't have the stress of wondering which of my favorite character is going to die next and can just enjoy the ride. It also helps to have a visual reference of some of the characters which HBO provided to make it easier to differentiate between some of the lesser characters.

      I think HBO tends to not be as obscure as the books which can be a negative though. There is nothing left up to interpretation, they'll just shove it down your throat. I wonder if (or how) they'll handle R+L=J.
      I need to re-read the books but reddit helps in the mean time. I can't wait to find out if R+L=J or if GRRM is going to surprise us. I think I he said somewhere that he will reveal J's parents. And I had to remember to stop myself there so I won't spoil the non-book readers. :P It is hard to keep from giving out spoilers. I have dinner with people who didn't read the book nearly every week and I have to be very careful what I say. Even finding out that characters have chapters that haven't been covered in the show is a spoiler, lol.
      I think that sick people in Ankh-Morpork generally go to a vet. It's generally a better bet. There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow. -Terry Pratchett

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      • #33
        Last night's episode was kind of boring since it didn't do much to advance the story at all. Episode 10 looks very promising but I'm kind of stressing over it too. They have a lot to cram into episode 10 (if they include everything I want to see). Most people seem to believe we will get COTF in episode 10 which is exciting because Bran's POV is one of my favorites. But will we get to see LSH? I'm really nervous they will cut LSH or wait until next season. I didn't really like LSH in the books but I don't want to see this character cut either.

        Non-book readers, do not google this unless you want to ruin the experience.

        Also, the Oberyn stuff is still funny.

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        Revenge of The Red Viper: http://youtu.be/BwPvGezWrVY
        I think that sick people in Ankh-Morpork generally go to a vet. It's generally a better bet. There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow. -Terry Pratchett

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        • #34
          Originally posted by rayearth View Post
          Last night's episode was kind of boring since it didn't do much to advance the story at all. Episode 10 looks very promising but I'm kind of stressing over it too. They have a lot to cram into episode 10 (if they include everything I want to see). Most people seem to believe we will get COTF in episode 10 which is exciting because Bran's POV is one of my favorites. But will we get to see LSH? I'm really nervous they will cut LSH or wait until next season. I didn't really like LSH in the books but I don't want to see this character cut either.

          Non-book readers, do not google this unless you want to ruin the experience.

          Also, the Oberyn stuff is still funny.

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          Revenge of The Red Viper: http://youtu.be/BwPvGezWrVY
          I can't believe they didn't finish the section of the story line dealing with the wall. There is too much to cram into the series finale that I'm worried it won't be done as well, or not leave as much time to digest what has happened.

          I personally wouldn't mind having LSH wait until next season, or at least end the series finale with a brief glimpse to give everyone a chance to discuss implications from now until next season Not going to talk about anything more upcoming, I don't want to risk any spoilers.. hah

          There were some cool scenes last night, disappointed they killed off Pyp and Grenn but what can you do.

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          • #35
            I want to see a brief glimpse of LSH the last few seconds of episode 10. I think that would be the perfect ending to the season. I don't want to see any more than that. If it doesn't happen I will be disappointed.

            I was also disappointed that they didn't finish the storyline for the wall. They should have cut some of the battle to wrap it up IMHO. I have read that the last episode will be 66 minutes so hopefully they will have enough time and not be rushed.

            There are rumors that the release date of TWOW will be announced soon. Hopefully it is released before season 5. Now I'm reading that Game of Thrones might be 8 books! We need new material.
            I think that sick people in Ankh-Morpork generally go to a vet. It's generally a better bet. There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow. -Terry Pratchett

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            • #36
              Last night's episode was a little disappointing after all of the hype. It was ok but far from the best episode ever that will be hard to beat in season 5 which was promised. They missed an opportunity for a truly great episode ending with LSH in my opinion. Bran's POV was kind of a letdown and I'm not sure why. I was a little bit disappointed with the COTF, skeletons and Jojen. That said, it was still a good episode and a very good father's day episode, LOL. Arya's POV was excellent, I was worried that they were going to botch that horribly. Stannis' arrival was great!

              It will be a long wait for either winds of winter or season 5 now.
              I think that sick people in Ankh-Morpork generally go to a vet. It's generally a better bet. There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow. -Terry Pratchett

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              • #37
                Brienne and the Hound's fight was probably one of the better fights I've seen since of the series. It had me cracking up the entire time. Arya still has the best dialogue, and sad to see the Hound down and out. They did leave it open, kind of surprised they didn't squash it much like they did at the red wedding with Rob's wife.

                I think most of the book readers were underwhelmed, everyone else seems to have enjoyed it. I don't know why the neutered Tyrion's POV as much as they did, especially with his first almost-wife. I wanted to hear him ask where wh0res go..

                Could have been better, could have been worse, I just think they mishandled a few things but overall it was a 7/10 for me. I watched through the end of the credits expecting a Marvel type spoiler, was disappointed when nothing was shown.

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                • #38
                  Maybe a theory about the hound is correct! I need to read more about that theory I guess. I also need to re-watch Brienne and the Hound's fight. I am ok with leaving Tysha out. I imagine that Game of Thrones is already pretty hard to follow for non-book readers, they would probably have to tell everyone who she is and she doesn't add much to the story yet. It would have been better if they kept her of course but I understand why they might have decided not to.

                  I agree with the 7/10. It was ok but definitely not the best episode of season 4, it's not even close. There were too many good moments - Tyrion's court scene (give Dinklage all the emmys), the purple wedding, Oberyn... I was really hoping for LSH during the credits and was disappointed. Hopefully LSH is in the beginning of season 5 and hasn't been completely cut from the show. I was really looking forward to discussing LSH with my friends who only watch the show and that will have to wait a long time now.
                  I think that sick people in Ankh-Morpork generally go to a vet. It's generally a better bet. There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow. -Terry Pratchett

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                  • #39
                    I've stuck gold:

                    "Skepticism is my nature. Freethought is my methodology. Agnosticism is my conclusion. Atheism is my opinion. Humanitarianism is my motivation." - Jerry DeWitt
                    "That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens

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                    • #40
                      Honest Trailers - Game of Thrones: http://youtu.be/SVaD8rouJn0

                      Awesome.
                      I think that sick people in Ankh-Morpork generally go to a vet. It's generally a better bet. There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow. -Terry Pratchett

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                      • #41
                        I think that sick people in Ankh-Morpork generally go to a vet. It's generally a better bet. There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow. -Terry Pratchett

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                        • #42
                          When is the next season??? I've missed John Snow!

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